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Dear Neteros, There is news about Central America that may be worth reading. A friend found it at the following address: http://www.msnbc.com/news/959484.asp?cp1=1 A summary: "Road Riches? A grand building plan is reshaping 1 million square kilometers of Central America By Joseph Contreras and Curt Hopkins NEWSWEEK INTERNATIONAL Sept. 8 issue ó The impoverished nations of Central America havenít seen a scheme this grand in the 100 years since Teddy Roosevelt decided to dig a canal that would link the Pacific with the Atlantic. Everything about the Plan Puebla-Panama is writ large, from its $10 billion price tag to its 1 million-square-kilometer scope and the 65 million people who stand to benefit in the eyes of its advocates." In this epoch of neo-liberalism I think that historical parallels may reveal some interesting angles. The news, written in the U.S. points to the favoriteís Rex Roosevelt. In discussing with my best friend about an equivalent to this new scheme in Central America that does not include US, French or British attempts at crossing the isthmus, I could not come with an answer. So, I come to this forum hoping somebody here can give me a hint. Thanks for your help in advance, Dennis R. Hidalgo Adelphi University